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What Is the Microsoft Office Upload Center ~ Should You Disable It?

The MS Office Upload Center is part of Microsoft Office. When you install Office on your computer, this tool appears in your system tray. Of course you can hide this icon, but can it still be? What exactly do you do anyway?

Simple Explain Microsoft Office Upload Center ~ Should You Disable It?

What does it do?
When you save a Microsoft Office file to an online location (for example, when you save a file to Microsoft OneDrive or a SharePoint server), Office does not save the file directly to that server. Instead, save the file to the “Office Document Cache” on your computer. Office uploads cached files to the server and handles connection or file conflicts.

How to hide or Disable the Office Upload Center

For example, if you are working in an unstable Internet connection, you can save the file to a remote server, and Office will upload it if you have a good Internet connection at a later time. If you have trouble uploading a file, Office will keep its local copy and notify you of the problem. If there is a problem with the remote server itself, Office has a local copy and can upload the file when the server comes back online.

The Office Upload Center provides ways to view and troubleshoot these uploads. If you have a problem, you will be notified and will be able to process it. You can view pending uploads, view completed uploads, and view all cached files.

This tool has some redundancy when using Microsoft OneDrive. This is because both Windows 10 and 8.1 include built-in support for OneDrive. However it is used for more than OneDrive.

How to use the Office Upload Center

If you installed Microsoft Office, the Office Upload Center will be installed on your PC. This is common in the system tray. A normal icon is an orange circle with an up arrow. If an error or other problem occurs, the icon changes to provide immediate feedback. Click to open the Office Upload Center.

You can also open the Start menu, type “Office Upload Center” in the search box, and then click the Office Upload Center shortcut that appears.

You can view and manage these uploads in the Upload Center window. When you open the file, the “Pending uploads” list is displayed. If all the files have been successfully uploaded, the message “There are no files to upload” appears. Click the menu button in the upper right corner. To view recently uploaded files, select “Recent uploads” or select “All cached files” to view both recently uploaded and pending files.

You can start or pause uploads using the “Upload all” and “Pause upload” buttons, but you typically do not need to use these features. It is done automatically.

Use the “Actions” button to perform actions on the current file, such as opening a local file, opening a remote file server Web site, saving a cached file copy, or deleting a cached copy.

Click the “Settings” button to manage display and cache settings. By default, when an upload fails or is paused, a notification is displayed to notify the user to take action there. Suppress notifications for pending normal uploads.

To hide the Office Upload Center you do not want to see, uncheck the “Show icon in notification area” option.

If you do not select a different date range, the Office Upload Center will keep a copy of the cached file for 14 days. It also keeps a copy of successfully uploaded files so you can open them again later. You can disable the cache or clear the cache here.

How to hide the Office Upload Center

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You can easily hide the Office Upload Center by clearing the “Show icon in notification area” checkbox. Alternatively, you can leave it in the notification area, but you can hide it from the pop-up system tray. Simply drag and drop the icon to the up arrow on the left side of the notification area.

If you store Office documents only in your computer’s local store and do not handle remote services such as OneDrive, you can hide them without problems. Even if you save Office documents to another remote storage service such as Dropbox or Google Drive, the Office Upload Center is not relevant.

Store Office documents related to the Office Upload Center on a remote server or just open them on a remote server. It is also an integral part of Office’s real-time collaboration capabilities. However, you only need to open the Office Upload Center to notify you of the problem.

If everything works properly, there is no reason to have the Office Upload Center icon appear in the notification area. But yes. This does not completely remove the Office Upload Center from your system. As long as the problem does not occur, you can hide it. It is safe to do this if the upload center icon is annoying you. Because this tool is part of Free Microsoft Office there is no official way to completely disable the Office Upload Center beyond uninstalling Microsoft Office.

You can try to remove the file system from the Task Scheduler and disable it from the Task Scheduler, but the task may crash. It will be reinstalled because of an update to Office. You can still hide it, but there’s no way to stop it.

The Office Upload Center has a clear function but looks like unnecessary complexity. Why use Windows 10 with OneDrive integration? Why does Microsoft Office require a completely separate approach to working with OneDrive? It is not Microsoft, but the question we ask. At least now you know what an icon is.